OKLAHOMA CITY , OK — A longtime Oklahoma City television news reporter says she’s is running as a Democrat for Oklahoma’s U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK).
Abby Broyles, 30-years-old, announced her candidacy on Twitter in a video late Monday. She joins a handful of other candidates for the Democratic nomination. As of this story she makes the fifth candidate running as a Democrat. Other candidates include Dylan Billings, Bevon Rogers, Elysabeth Britt and Tyler Dougherty. Britt later announced she would not be running. Mike Workman has also announced a candidacy, but his FEC candidacy does not appear filed.
The Oklahoma native has been a reporter for KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City for several years and recently finished her law degree at Oklahoma City University.
The Oklahoma Republican Party during the 2016 election called out KFOR-TV and Broyles for alleged media bias. The state GOP tweeted a picture of Broyles wearing a campaign t-shirt for Democrat Nick Atwood, a state House candidate in Shawnee.
Senator Inhofe, 85-years-old, was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994 and currently serves as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Republicans JJ Stitt and Tammy Swearengin have also filed with the FEC to seek the seat.